AIIMS bars professor from guiding PhD students for three years

Leslie Hanson
April 16, 2018

Once detained, it turned out that the imposter is not an AIIMS doctor and not even a medical student. He further said that since AIIMS had some 2,000 resident doctors at the campus, it was hard to keep track of all of them, a fact that Khurram seemed to have used to his advantage. He used his forged identity to make friends across departments and among medical students. The report also quoted Dr Abhishek Singh, who is the vice-president of the Resident Doctors' Association saying that the impersonator had used the name and clout of Resident Doctors Association and attended political and medical conferences.

HT quoted the Resident Doctors' Association (RDA) chief Harjit Singh saying that he recently became suspicious of Khurram's activities after which he chose to keep a watch on him. "He had even made his way to the WhatsApp groups". While answering the police questions, Khurram said he chose to pose as a doctor as his sister had to wait for a long time to get an appointment with the doctor.

His downfall came, when, on Saturday, he participated in a marathon organised by the doctors. "The professor will not be guiding any student for the next three years", said a senior doctor at AIIMS. Apparently, one of the reasons mentioned by the accused is that he wanted to help a sick family member get preferential treatment at the hospital.

With over 2,000 resident doctors in AIIMS, it is hard to know each and every person individually and Khurram used this to his advantage and avoided being caught.

Although, the police found no earlier criminal records of Khurram, during the investigation it was found that the accused had uploaded a lot of pictures wearing the doctor's lab coat and stethoscope on social media.

"He would roam around wearing the lab coat and stethoscope all the time". He also said that he pretended as a doctor because he was fond of spending time with doctors.

Deputy commissioner of police (south) Romil Baaniya said Khurram was handed over to them on Saturday and has been charged under sections 419 (impersonation) and 468 (forgery for objective of cheating) of the Indian Penal Code at Hauz Khas Police Station. When someone asked him about his identity, he couldn't give satisfactory replies.

There were also photographs of him with politicians.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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